Asks government to re-do entire selection process in 3 months

The Central Administrative Tribunal, Madras Bench, has quashed the selection list of seven State service officers for 2009 for the promotion to the IAS and directed the State government and the UPSC to re-do the selection for that year.

The Bench, comprising members B.Venkateswara Rao and R.Satapathy, observed that the State government should choose only persons who are “irreproachable” and have an “outstanding ability” for promotion from the State civil service to the Indian Administrative Service.

It was allowing an application by G. Mohanasundaram, a State service officer, who sought the quashing of the selection insofar as it did not include his name for the conferment of IAS. He also sought to quash the notification conferring promotion on others.

The Bench observed, “Selection to IAS is for the higher echelons of administrative structure. A person so selected must be man of high character and impeccable integrity. Qualitatively speaking, the person promoted from the State civil service must be of irreproachable reputation and outstanding ability.”

Mr.Mohanakrishnan is presently working as Chief Administrative Officer in Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority. In his application, he contended that he was entitled to be considered for appointment to the IAS by promotion after completing 8 years of service. The State government furnished the eligibility list as per seniority in the State civil service to the UPSC containing 10 persons for seven vacancies which arose in 2009. R. Nanthagopal, who faced disciplinary proceedings, was chosen by the UPSC while his name was omitted. Aggrieved over the non-inclusion of his name, he filed the present application.

After perusing the annual confidential reports of Mr. Nanthagopal, the Tribunal pointed out that the State government had framed charges against him and but failed to furnish valid reasons for dropping the charges. “This action on the part of the State government appears to be a case of hasty decision in dropping of charges and issuing the integrity certificate.”

It said the selection committee, which met to consider names of officers for the vacancies, had not taken an informed decision by considering all relevant records in recommending their names.

The Tribunal also directed the UPSC and the State government to reconvene the selection committee for the selection of candidates for the vacancies of 2009 and consider the name of the applicant. The exercise should be completed within three months.

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